New state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller spoke in support for legalizing marijuana for medicinal use at a forum Tuesday, saying the issue should draw bipartisan support, Lynn Bonner reports.
"This would truly be something great for the state if we were to pass this during this legislative cycle," Voller said. Legalization of marijuana for medical use is pat of the state Democratic Party platform.
A few hundred people at a forum and rally at the Legislative Building were behind a House bill that would make North Carolina the 19th state to legalize marijuana use in some form. The bill would allow people to use marijuana on the recommendation of doctors, and would legalize and license distribution centers.
Though Voller and one of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte, made a pitch for bipartisanship, that doesn't seem to be happening.
Forum participants were encouraged to push state Rep. Tim Moore, chairman of the House Rules Committee, to schedule a hearing on the bill.
The medical marijuana bill was sent to Rules this week, and Alexander, a Democrat, correctly described that committee as a place where lots of bills go to die, though not always.
But death in Rules seems to be holding true for legal marijuana.
When asked if he schedule a hearing, Moore, a Republican from Kings Mountain, raised his eyebrows and shook his head.
"No," he said. "We're not going to hear it. I believe in telling people the truth, and that bill doesn't stand a chance of passing."